These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Indiana


We used science and data to determine which cities in Indiana that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Indiana does this very well. Families love the Hoosier State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Indiana that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Indiana:

  1. Munster (Photos)
  2. Dyer (Photos)
  3. Chesterton (Photos)
  4. Valparaiso (Photos)
  5. Zionsville
  6. Carmel (Photos)
  7. Fishers (Photos)
  8. Crown Point (Photos)
  9. Merrillville (Photos)
  10. Westfield (Photos)

If you’re wondering, New Castle is the most affordable city in Indiana.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Indiana.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Indiana

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Indiana to figure out which is the most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 95 places in Indiana that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Munster, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Munster

Munster, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,325
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 109
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

2. Dyer

Dyer, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,322
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 108
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

3. Chesterton

Chesterton, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,894
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 98
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

4. Valparaiso

Valparaiso, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,745
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 92
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

5. Zionsville

Source: Google Maps

Population: 24,559
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 166
Healthcare Index: 98
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 94

6. Carmel

Carmel, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,474
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 148
Healthcare Index: 98
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 94

7. Fishers

Fishers, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,060
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 115
Healthcare Index: 98
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 94

8. Crown Point

Crown Point, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,259
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 98
Healthcare Index: 104
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 117

9. Merrillville

Merrillville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,262
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 83
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

10. Westfield

Westfield, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,426
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 110
Healthcare Index: 98
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 94

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Indiana that have the highest cost of living, with Munster ranking as the most exensive city in the Hoosier State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Indiana:

  1. New Castle
  2. Connersville
  3. Muncie

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Indiana

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Munster 1 23,325 106 108 100 109 112 104
Dyer 2 16,322 106 108 100 108 112 104
Chesterton 3 13,894 106 108 100 98 112 104
Valparaiso 4 31,745 106 108 100 92 112 104
Zionsville 5 24,559 97 95 98 166 91 94
Carmel 6 83,474 97 95 98 148 91 94
Fishers 7 81,060 97 95 98 115 91 94
Crown Point 8 28,259 96 90 104 98 101 117
Merrillville 9 35,262 106 108 100 83 112 104
Westfield 10 32,426 97 95 98 110 91 94
Griffith 11 16,765 106 108 100 82 112 104
Hobart 12 29,136 106 108 100 80 112 104
Avon 13 14,570 98 94 99 97 92 91
Batesville 14 6,397 93 93 95 95 96 106
Cedar Lake 15 11,653 96 90 104 88 101 117
Lowell 16 9,347 96 90 104 86 101 117
Noblesville 17 56,576 97 95 98 94 91 94
Bloomington 18 81,963 98 94 99 93 92 91
Bargersville 19 6,324 98 94 99 89 92 91
Brownsburg 20 22,618 98 94 99 86 92 91
West Lafayette 21 30,843 97 87 95 95 89 95
Hammond 22 79,585 106 108 100 63 112 104
Danville 23 9,258 98 94 99 85 92 91
Columbus 24 45,522 98 94 99 82 92 91
Greencastle 25 10,307 107 96 109 63 92 97
Greenwood 26 52,799 98 94 99 78 92 91
Lawrence 27 46,796 98 94 99 76 92 91
Jeffersonville 28 45,869 102 96 90 74 105 88
New Whiteland 29 5,646 98 94 99 74 92 91
Lake Station 30 12,369 106 108 100 57 112 104
Franklin 31 24,193 98 94 99 74 92 91
Greenfield 32 21,012 98 94 99 73 92 91
Cumberland 33 5,243 98 94 99 73 92 91
East Chicago 34 29,387 106 108 100 56 112 104
Ellettsville 35 6,352 98 94 99 73 92 91
Indianapolis 36 835,097 98 94 99 72 92 91
Mooresville 37 9,459 98 94 99 72 92 91
Clarksville 38 21,579 102 96 90 68 105 88
Jasper 39 15,177 92 93 92 70 92 114
New Albany 40 36,496 102 96 90 67 105 88
Lawrenceburg 41 5,022 93 93 95 64 96 106
Madison 42 12,033 102 96 90 64 105 88
Gary 43 79,165 106 108 100 49 112 104
Terre Haute 44 61,040 107 96 109 51 92 97
Charlestown 45 7,802 102 96 90 62 105 88
Brazil 46 8,022 107 96 109 50 92 97
Martinsville 47 11,756 98 94 99 62 92 91
Beech Grove 48 14,301 98 94 99 61 92 91
Huntingburg 49 6,489 92 93 92 61 92 114
Nappanee 50 6,639 88 90 92 71 112 84
Evansville 51 120,220 92 93 92 58 92 114
Linton 52 5,368 107 96 109 44 92 97
Tipton 53 5,288 97 95 98 56 91 94
Lafayette 54 69,982 97 87 95 63 89 95
Goshen 55 32,297 88 90 92 67 112 84
Warsaw 56 14,179 88 90 92 67 112 84
Boonville 57 6,220 92 93 92 56 92 114
Kokomo 58 56,958 97 95 98 54 91 94
Mount Vernon 59 6,607 92 93 92 55 92 114
Monticello 60 5,355 97 87 95 61 89 95
Bedford 61 13,384 102 96 90 53 105 88
Gas City 62 6,093 97 95 98 54 91 94
Auburn 63 12,972 96 92 92 62 88 93
North Vernon 64 6,736 102 96 90 52 105 88
Angola 65 8,610 96 92 92 61 88 93
Anderson 66 55,789 97 95 98 52 91 94
Westville 67 6,895 88 90 92 61 112 84
Fort Wayne 68 255,784 96 92 92 60 88 93
Tell City 69 7,251 92 93 92 52 92 114
Mishawaka 70 48,120 88 90 92 60 112 84
Elwood 71 8,569 97 95 98 50 91 94
Crawfordsville 72 15,988 97 87 95 57 89 95
New Haven 73 15,612 96 92 92 59 88 93
Michigan City 74 31,369 88 90 92 59 112 84
Columbia City 75 9,057 96 92 92 58 88 93
La Porte 76 22,153 88 90 92 59 112 84
Vincennes 77 18,233 92 93 92 49 92 114
Frankfort 78 16,488 97 87 95 54 89 95
Elkhart 79 51,539 88 90 92 57 112 84
North Manchester 80 6,080 96 92 92 56 88 93
Washington 81 11,758 92 93 92 48 92 114
Alexandria 82 5,100 97 95 98 46 91 94
Greensburg 83 12,160 85 91 82 66 89 78
Decatur 84 9,511 96 92 92 54 88 93
Bluffton 85 9,621 96 92 92 54 88 93
Kendallville 86 9,847 96 92 92 53 88 93
Garrett 87 6,213 96 92 92 52 88 93
Huntington 88 17,284 96 92 92 51 88 93
Wabash 89 10,534 96 92 92 49 88 93
Logansport 90 17,933 97 87 95 45 89 95
Marion 91 29,403 96 92 92 45 88 93
Hartford City 92 6,166 96 92 92 45 88 93
Muncie 93 70,035 85 91 82 51 89 78
Connersville 94 13,267 85 91 82 48 89 78
New Castle 95 17,859 85 91 82 47 89 78

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